A repeat of the tragedy must not be allowed (People's Daily, China)

A repeat of the tragedy must not be allowed (People's Daily, China)Exactly 77 years ago, the Japanese militarists brazenly opened fire on the fortress Wanping. Thus, the 7 incident of July 1937 of the year shocked the whole world (aka the incident at the Lugouqiao Bridge (Marco Polo)), which marked the beginning of a full-scale invasion of China and became the starting point of the resistance war against the Japanese aggressor. This war brought unprecedented disasters to the Chinese people, but at the same time it was the impetus that finally aroused the Chinese, inspired them to a stubborn struggle. At the same time, the first war in the world began with a country that was part of the fascist bloc.

At this moment, when the future of the people hung in the balance, the Chinese Communist Party was the first to blow the horn of resistance to the invaders. Gathered at the call of the Communists under the flags of the united anti-Japanese front, where members of the Communist Party and the Guomindang fought shoulder to shoulder, the sons and daughters of China unanimously opposed the aggressor, becoming an unbreakable monolithic force. All parties, all nationalities rallied the hatred of the enemy, the desire to defend their homeland. The Resistance Army, led by representatives of both the Kuomintang and the Communist Party, carried out combat missions both at the front and in the enemy rear. After eight years of bloody battles, paying a huge price in more than 35 millions of lives, the Chinese people finally won a great victory over the aggressor. This triumph is the most important turning point on China’s path to greatness, at the same time becoming an unfading contribution to the world struggle against the fascists.

In no way can truth be confused with a lie, and the tragedy that has already happened in our stories, in no case should not happen again. Today we remember the events of the thirty-seventh year, when the struggle of the entire Chinese people against Japan began, in order to respect and defend the historical truth, to recall the importance of what had happened, to protect human dignity and conscience. All this is necessary in order to draw wisdom from the events of the past and through that move forward, gain spiritual strength necessary to build the future, to firmly take the path of peaceful development and protect world peace. The memory of the 1937 events of the year is what unites and unites the pacifists of the entire planet. For those who disregard facts and seek to rewrite history, the “incident at the Lugouqiao Bridge” is a reminder and a warning. For the Chinese people who are working for the national revival of the country, 7 July 1937 of the year seems like a hymn to the national spirit, glorifying the Chinese soul.

Turning to the 7 events of July 1937 of the year, forever imprinted in the hearts of the Chinese, as well as the period of shame and humiliation that has come to China after the 1840's, we see that the background of the incident was the country's weakness and poverty. The root cause of this situation was the inability to find their own path of development, the path to a great country and a prosperous people. At the present time, moving forward under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, we have discovered for ourselves the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics. By adhering to this road, we have achieved success that hit the whole world, and today we firmly occupy our new place among the nations of the planet. Never in its history has China been so close to the great revival of the country. The farther we go into the future, the stronger we should remember the lessons of history, the more we should cherish, appreciate and continuously develop socialism with Chinese characteristics, the more we should strive for continuous self-improvement, unity, the great dream of reviving the Chinese nation.

Forgetting a story is like betraying your country. The monstrous crimes committed by the Japanese militarists during the Second World War brought countless suffering to the peoples of Asia, including the Chinese, and at the same time turned into incurable wounds for the Japanese themselves. Among the inhabitants of Asia and all the pacifists of the world there is no one who would not condemn the atrocities committed by the Japanese militarists. All these nations insist that the Japanese government should look into the eyes of history, repent and do everything possible to avoid a repetition of the tragedy. However, even if more than seventy years have passed, the struggle of truth with falsehood continues. Tokyo not only does not recognize the fact of committing barbaric crimes and continues to worship the graves of war criminals, but also lifts the ban on collective self-defense, thereby dispelling its “peaceful Constitution”. Reality opens our eyes: the influence of the right in Japan is only growing, creating the danger that the fires of Japanese militarism may flare up again. The recent actions of the Japanese government are not only an expression of open contempt for historical truth and universally recognized truths, but also the deliberate destruction of the post-war world order.

But the light gradually crowded the darkness. This year comes sixty years from the time when China, India and Myanmar formulated the five principles of peaceful coexistence. Today, these five principles have already become one of the cornerstones of international relations and international law, having played a prominent role in the establishment of a more equitable and rational system of political and economic ties between the countries of the world. However, our desire for pacifism does not mean at all that we will indulge in atrocities or compromise in order to preserve well-being. The Chinese do not seek trouble, but they are not afraid of them. On the contrary, we will firmly, with unshakable determination and triple forces, defend the fruits of victory over world fascism, defend the post-war world order, our security, as well as peace and stability in the region. In no case will we allow militarism to raise its head again - and we will not allow the repetition of historical tragedy.

A country that does not remember its past has no future. 77 years have passed, but the scars left by those events have not yet healed. The caution left by that war, the lesson given to us by history, is still relevant. In China, there is an expression "the thirsting for war will perish." Truth and justice triumph over evil, progress triumphs over reaction, light overcomes darkness: such is the immutable law of human society. Whoever rejects him is punished. He who follows him opens his way to the future.
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  1. +7
    10 July 2014 18: 41
    Forgetting history is like betraying your country

    Golden words, especially nowadays.
    1. +3
      10 July 2014 19: 06
      The Chinese themselves must not forget history, and the Japanese should not be allowed to forget.
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  2. +2
    10 July 2014 18: 43
    The future is in the light, the darkness will recede ...
  3. MA TOF
    10 July 2014 18: 43
    China is easier ... They were able to raise the economy and not ruin the country.
    1. 11111mail.ru
      10 July 2014 20: 49
      Quote: MA TOF
      China is easier ... They were able to raise the economy and not ruin the country.

      This is because thieves are shot publicly, and relatives of the executed pay for the cartridges.
  4. +4
    10 July 2014 18: 49
    The history of China is much older. For them, Genghis Khan is not too ancient conquest. Why are they talking about the Japanese invasion? Strengthened, emboldened and decided to take revenge on Japan by capture? I do not know about the Japanese, but if anyone remembers, there was an attack by China on Vietnam. Ended up with the wild defeat of the Chinese army. With, naturally, the overwhelming numerical advantage of the Chinese army.
    1. +5
      10 July 2014 19: 22
      There essentially all remained with their own. The Chinese were able, as planned, to advance in the directions of Laokai-Kaobang-Langshon. The troops under the command of the deputy commander of the military group, Yang Deji (the former one of the major commanders of Chinese volunteers in Korea, later headed the PLA general staff), advanced to a depth of 44 km along highway 7. In general, the Chinese army withdrew from the mountainous area of ​​the provinces of Hoangleongshon, Langshon, Kungnin , Kaobang and Hatuen to the Hanoi Valley, where the way to Hanoi and the largest port of Vietnam - Haiphong - opened. But after the capture of Langshon on March 4, 1978, beginning on March 6 (in my opinion, if I’m not mistaken), 1978, Chinese troops began to leave for a number of reasons: reluctance to storm the fortified areas around Hanoi, where a powerful VNA group was concentrated (also in Vietnam general mobilization was announced and the Chinese did not want to meet with people, many of whom knew firsthand how to handle weapons), failed to defeat the VNA (mainly border guard units, militias, people's police entered the battle, the army on the first line was practically not involved ), communication difficulties (trivially lacked transport) and finally fear of the Soviet invasion. As a result, according to estimates, the losses of each side amounted to about 15-20 thousand people. True, the Chinese during the retreat still destroyed industry and farmland in the border areas of northern Vietnam.
      1. Argyn
        10 July 2014 21: 06
        Bravo respected domiemon! And then already fed up with false comments that the Vietnamese beat the Chinese. The threat of invasion of the USSR was then great if the PLA dared to storm Hanoi, otherwise now China would be one Russian Federation.
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    2. +1
      11 July 2014 10: 02
      There was no rout. There, China captured several settlements, but the resistance of the Vietnamese and the mobilization of Soviet troops near the borders and the threat of their invasion (Damansky was not forgotten at that time) left the "players" with their own people, but then no one crushed the Chinese, moreover wildly.
  5. +4
    10 July 2014 18: 49
    At present, we, moving forward under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, have found for ourselves the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics. Adhering to this road, we have achieved successes that have hit the whole world, and today we firmly occupy our new place among the nations of the planet.

    And we rushed into the market economy (or rather bought into the promise of a sweet and beautiful life) Now we live like ... we are recovering with difficulty (because everything was practically destroyed in the 90s) Ukraine is still living with these fairy tales about a “beautiful and sweet life) and they now feel the taste of this sweetish-salty blood just like we do in principle (remembering the 90s, etc.) Well ... they must go through another bloody redistribution (the most offensive is that we don't want this ..) The world needs blood and spectacles! Well, we will arrange it for them only already on their territory soon .. (just thoughts ..)))
  6. +5
    10 July 2014 18: 57
    In China, there is the expression "thirsty for war will perish."

    Very similar!
  7. +3
    10 July 2014 19: 24
    One can agree with many things, but there is not a word in the article about the Chinese aggression of the 60-70s. It is not known how Beijing will behave being in the "peak of prosperity". The idea of ​​the "Great Celestial Empire" is still hovering in many heads. Since there are a lot of Chinese in general, they also have a lot of chauvinists.
    Chinese foreign policy — long-term raw material supply contracts and ongoing assimilation — may be more dangerous than open confrontation.
  8. Grandfather Victor
    10 July 2014 19: 55
    China is now probably the most prudent country in the world, remembering the past and doing everything so that the hardest trials that befell the Chinese people do not happen again. The fate of our country against the backdrop of Chinese success is only regrettable.
    1. +1
      10 July 2014 21: 36
      Quote: Grandpa Vitya
      China is now probably the most prudent country in the world, remembering the past and doing everything so that the hardest trials that befell the Chinese people do not happen again. The fate of our country against the backdrop of Chinese success is only regrettable.

      Right.! They have a powerful industrial and technological breakthrough .. Here only to Russia there has always been very close attention (in our entire history) We are rich in (resources) territories and the population is small .. but we still control what our ancestors left us .. And we will also do! And it doesn’t matter who the ruler of Russia is! China has a lot to learn from us, and if we catch up even for a while ... well, this is the future
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  9. Elena Bor
    10 July 2014 20: 06
    Not prudent, but cunning, agree with Shelva
  10. +1
    10 July 2014 21: 41
    The main thing for the Chinese is not to forget the Russian people because thanks to us they are not a colony of Japanese
  11. +1
    10 July 2014 21: 41
    I wonder why the war between China and Japan is not stubbornly considered part of the Second World War?
    35 million dead Chinese do not impress anyone?
    1. 0
      11 July 2014 10: 13
      Everything is as simple as God's day. It's all about helping. which the USA provided to Japan in providing it with strategic raw materials and military materials. The Annals magazine wrote in October 1938: “... Of all the economic factors, there is one that China could not have foreseen. The Chinese people could not assume that America would help Japan in this war. "The United States is sending more strategic raw materials to Japan than to all the rest of the world." The American publicist Harry Paxton Howard wrote in his article “The Future of the Far East”: “In 1937, the Japanese could not have forced the Chinese to cleanse Nanjing if it were not for the active economic assistance from the United States.” In 1937 alone (mainly in the second half of this year, when Japan invaded China), American oil trusts delivered 35 million barrels of oil to Japan. A significant part of it was transported from the United States to the warehouses of the Japanese military departments on American tankers.
      In 1937, Japan imported 2 million grams of iron and steel scrap for its military industry from the USA and the British Empire - 4 times more than in 1936. In the same 1937, the USA sold machine tools and machines to Japan, mainly for military factories, more than 150 million yen. In 1938, the United States sold even more oil, scrap iron and steel, machines and machine tools, motor vehicles, airplanes, lead, and copper to Japan than in 1937.
      Although, in fairness, it must be said that when China was on the verge of complete occupation, the United States began to help him too, because it was beneficial for the Americans that Japan became more bogged down in the Chinese swamp. Thus, Japan is even more dependent on its supply.
  12. +2
    11 July 2014 00: 42
    77 years have passed, but the scars left by those events have not yet healed.
    Yes, the Chinese remembered and will remember the events of 37 years. One massacre in Nanjing is worth what. It’s hard to forget this.

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